While Taes maintain respectful relationships with the other species, they seldom develop open or close relationships outside of their own species. The Taes Empire openly proclaims itself the longest-lived and most expansive civilization, and many Taes consider their social institution the pinnacle of all civilizations created by sentient intelligence.
The Taes Empire is ruled by an Empress and a strict aristocracy. Noble families vary in power and influence and handle most, if not all, of the local governing. Political marriages and trade deals are common as families try to increase their influence and holdings.
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Taes are intelligent, judicious and long-lived. They commit themselves to rigorous study and physical discipline. Taes are able to manipulate Source Colors naturally, and even as toddlers, they learn how to bend, shift and control Source Colors. For Taes, chromatics is an integral part of their lives, a tool to be used commonly.
Average height: 6 feet
Pale hard skin with slight blue, green, yellow or orange hues
Long, slender necks and appendages
Average life expectancy: 400 years
Taes are the slowest species to reach full maturity. Biologists and sociologists within the Taes Empire debate the emphasis of genetics versus the rigorous Taes society, but Taes don’t reach physical maturity until around 80-years old. However, all Taes within the Empire spend their childhood and adolescence restricted to school, studying and mastering chromatics, until their rite of passage and graduation at age 100.
Spoken natively by Taes, the Taesic language originally began as a picture language, with single words to express simple thoughts, but has since evolved into a complex alphabetic and phonetic language. Modern Taesic is far more phonetic than its heritage and attempts to blend hard consonant prefixes with soft vowel suffixes to allow the language to flow from word to word. Because of the Taes Empire’s galactic conquest, Taesic is well understood throughout the galaxy.
The Taes nurture a symbiotic relationship with the Achroite, preserving a shared ecology for both species. However, Taes clearly view the Achroite as a less developed species, sometimes going as far as treating them as family pets.
The Taes Empire maintains many contracts with Seti military operatives and even scientists. However, the Taes scorn Seti warmongering, and interplanetary relations are commonly strained.
Taes rarely fight wars amongst themselves. The majority of Taes express happiness within the Taes Empire, but the aristocracy is known to be riddled with political espionage.